There are many reasons to observe the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which falls on Wednesday, December 21 in 2016. I hope to be at a friend’s home, which was designed to catch the light in special ways at noon on the solstice, so I am hoping for some special effects from Mother Nature. The solstice leads up to Hanukkah, which begins on December 24, and to Christmas the next day and then Kwanzaa on the 26th.
In what has been a dark season for me and many others, I am wishing peace and light for everyone. I will be thinking, through all these holidays, of students everywhere and hoping that the right to an education will be a human right, all around the world.
In the words of Leonard Cohen, I am going to ring every bell that will ring, and seek out the light wherever I can:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
--Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”